attracts professor MPP hopefuls face off UTM scours the
grad school fair
JEROME JOHNSON LORILEE EMSHEY
Peter Loewen, an assistant professor UTM students lined up in the RAWC
of political science at UTM, has been to get into the annual Graduate and
working as the director of analytics Professional Schools Fair held by the
on the provincial elections for Vote UTM Career Centre last Wednesday.
Compass Canada. The CBC’s Vote The fair included 103 graduate
Compass—the brainchild of Clifton schools from all over Canada, the
van der Linden, a U of T graduate stu- United States, the UK, Australia, and
dent and PhD candidate—is a tool for the Caribbean. This year the fair was
individuals wanting to find the party organized by area and divided into
that best suits their own set of values. business, health care, law, education,
Van der Linden approached Loew- graduate programs, and graduate di-
en to get involved in the project that ploma sections.
has attracted over a million followers Approximately 50% of programs
during the 2011 federal election. belonged to the sciences, 30% to the
“I think many people are looking arts, and 20% to commerce. This
for a way to start a conversation about breakdown reflects the composition
politics, but perhaps lack a common of UTM’s student body and the feed-
language to do so,” said Loewen. EDWARD CAI/THE MEDIUM back from previous fairs. Every year,
“Vote Compass helps with this, and I The candidates appealled to the student audience, focussing on education. approximately 200 feedback forms
think that explains a lot of its popu- are collected by the Career Centre
larity.” STEFANIE MAROTTA defend their platforms. The UTMSU tions posed by executive members of and evaluated to aid in structuring
The panel of academics behind the NEWS EDITOR invited Harinder Dakhar of the Lib- UTMSU. the next year’s fair.
questionnaire tried to analyze how eral party, David Brown of the Pro- Considering that the student debt Claire Westgate of the Career Cen-
left- or right-wing the population re- The four MPP candidates for the gressive Conservative party, Michelle in Ontario averages at $37,000 per tre had been organizing the fair since
ally is, based on how much an indi- Mississauga-Erindale constituency Bilek of the New Democratic Party, student, candidates were asked to ex- April and hoped the fair would “ex-
vidual’s social attitudes and ideology attended a debate at UTM on Tues- and Otto Casanova of the Green Par- plain their plans to relieve students of pose students to all the opportunities
correspond with a particular political day. ty to debate matters of policy, focus- the heavy financial burden awaiting and help them understand the pro-
party or candidate. Students and residents filed into sing on post-secondary education. them after graduation. cess [of graduate school application]”.
the Instructional Centre’s largest After the first half-hour of opening
Vote continued on page 2 lecture hall to watch the candidates remarks, the candidates fielded ques- Debate continued on page 2 Fair continued on page 2
Subsomnia: A pub night without Danny Fernandez
AHMAD AL-HENDI dio,” No1da’s Andrew Griffith said.
Crisp white sheets of paper and
UTM’s CFRE radio station and a few boxes of crayons lined the
the Electronic Music Appreciation glass partition at the pub.
Club hosted their second annual “We wanted a new interactive
Subsomnia Pub at the Blind Duck It’s a celebration
medium for students to freely ex- Hindu Student Council celebrates
on Thursday night. press themselves,” said Ryan Weir, Hawan.
With the music throbbing and the station manager at CFRE. “The Medium News, Page 3
the lights flashing, over 150 stu- sheets are for people to leave a
dents flooded the dance floor. One piece of their mind.” Provincial Funding
How we actually pay for university
of the first was Dave Nijjar, whose Students wrote messages such and why we should remember it.
freestyling inspired several other as “The music tonight is such a Medium Opinion, Page 4
students to follow. refreshing change”, “Good music,
“This is my type of music. I great friends, let’s dance!”, and Art House
don’t even need to put any effort “The DJs are awesome.” Several Hart House presents the Barnicke
into my dancing; I just let the beat gallery.
others created images to better
Medium A&E, Page 5
take over my body. It’s a great feel- represent their mood. Weir hopes
ing to let something bigger take to display a few of the sheets along
you over,” said Nijjar. the glass walls of the CFRE sta- MCAT much?
Is the fabled test really as important
With DJs like Unique Freak, tion. as it seems?
Starlab, No1da, Christian Kuru- “The music tonight is great and Medium Features, Page 8
villa, and Dan Milk spinning the it has brought out such a unique
latest mixes in house, electro, and crowd,” said Francesca Saraco, a Baseball is over
dubstep music, the tracks were fourth-year student, commenting But not really. We take a look back at
the season that was.
anything but mainstream. on the distinctive sound offered at Medium Sports, Page 10
“We have our music tailored to Subsomnia 2.0.
a certain crowd. We’re not here to EDWARD CAI/THE MEDIUM
play the Top 40 you hear on the ra- Pub continued on page 2 Cowboys know how to groove.
2 «NEWS THE MEDIUM 10.03.2011
Career Centre provides guidance for undergraduates Fifty students
Fair continued from Cover elected to ECC
“The fair is supposed to help stu- NEWS EDITOR
dents understand what makes a The results of the Erindale College
good graduate school candidate Council elections were announced
and take away a concrete under- on Monday. Fifty full-time under-
standing of matters like deadlines graduates were elected to represent
and requirements to help them get to represent over 11,000 students.
into grad school,” said Westgate. This year, 70 students ran for a
This year, approximately 1,000 position on the highest governing
students attended—down from body at UTM. During a one-year
last year’s fair, which saw 1,121 term, the representatives will vote
students attend. This fair is the on financial, resource-planning,
most popular event the Career and academic matters that affect
Centre puts on. Where does its students at the Mississauga cam-
popularity come from? Westgate pus. Nominee statements included
postulates, “It’s hard to get into the drop credit, parking fees, tu-
U of T, and the students want ition, and study space.
more education.” “I want to be part of ECC, as it
“We also help with the nitty- offers the opportunity to assist in
gritty stuff, like MBA, medical making positive changes for the
school, and teaching interview students of UTM,” said Teresa
prep,” said Rebecca Markey, a ca- Didiano, a student and elected
reer counsellor at UTM. member of the ECC. “As com-
“We want to educate people muter who drives, I hope to see the
about grad school and further ed- issue of parking fees brought to
ucation before we help you apply,” the table again this year.”
said Markey. The Career Centre In total, there are 75 student
has information on post-diploma positions on the ECC: 50 full-time
programs and graduate diplo- undergraduates, 14 part-time un-
mas for the cases where graduate EDWARD CAI/THE MEDIUM dergraduates, the president of the
school would hinder a student’s Future doctors, lawyers, and graduate students investigate their prospects. Erindale Part-time Undergraduate
career. tions. “You need to know a network of gram information session on Oc- Student Association, the president
“We help students make in- “Grad schools want this as well; people or it can be very difficult,” tober 5. Throughout the year, the of UTMSU, and a final nine from
formed decisions, not scared de- they want students who are fo- Markey explained. Career Center holds individual the UTMSU Board of Directors.
cisions,” said Markey, referring to cussed,” added Markey. After the fair, a law and MBA workshops on medical, law, and Last year, the ECC approved the
the tendency of graduating stu- The Career Centre also helps panel was held upstairs in Davis education schools. Students can new Credit/No Credit policy and
dents to apply to graduate school students find a supervisor, which Building for students interested in sign up for these workshops at increases in parking fees to pay off
simply because they’re graduating is sometimes required for degrees the “inside scoop”. the Career Centre’s website, www. the $6.5-million parking deck out-
and have not explored their op- that require a thesis. The next event is the JET Pro- utm.utoronto.ca/career. side the RAWC.
Debate highlights education Vote Compass
Vote continued from Cover
Debate continued from Cover to revoke the Ontario Trillium students that the party is com- Brown reiterated the ne-
Scholarship offered to inter- mitted to ensuring equal access cessity of affordable services “Vote Compass is not designed to
Bilek claimed that, if elected, national students. The Liberal to high-quality, affordable edu- and the elimination of ineffi- be a poll. Our main interest in the
the NDP would eliminate in- candidate insisted that a way to cation. She did not comment on cient policies. He insisted that data is in furthering our under-
terest on student loans. She improve the province’s economy the policy changes that would the first step is addressing the standing of what influences vote
referred to the provincial gov- is to attract foreign students be required to do this. deficit and building a stronger choice and political preferences,”
ernment of Newfoundland, and provide incentives to keep In the final minutes of the economy. said Loewen about the details of the
which has frozen tuition fees, them in Ontario. debate, Jonathan Resendes, stu- Matters of health care, trans- empirical basis of his research. “So,
but failed to acknowledge the After remarking that he dent and Associate VP External, portation, infrastructure, and we plan to use these data to scien-
large deficit facing Ontario’s had been put in the “hot seat”, asked how each party intends environment were not dis- tifically understand these elections
economy. Brown explained that the PC to cut taxes on certain services cussed. in particular and the elections more
Instead of addressing fiscal government intends to revoke while maintaining high-quality In place of the final question, generally.”
policy on education, Brown the scholarship because the programs and addressing the student Sunny Mann opted to “I think it’s always useful for the
assured students that the PC province, running a $14-billion deficit. The candidates stressed make a comment in closing the public to have a healthy scepticism,
would create jobs. deficit, cannot afford to provide the need for “realistic” plans. debate. and we certainly appreciate that
“Wouldn’t it be great if we After reassuring the audience “It seems to me that the issue people gave Vote Compass a good,
knew we had a job when we grad- that the Liberal platform does is that Ontario doesn’t gener- hard look,” said Loewen. “There
uate?” Brown said. “Wouldn’t it
“The only time we ensure a realistic and balanced ate enough revenue to support is more than one way to measure
be great that, regardless of what hear about tuition fees budget, Dahkar said that the the things we demand. We want proximity to political parties, so
that debt would be, we would be NDP platform is unmanageable better transportation but we one thing we’ve done in response to
able to pay it off ? We are going
as an issue is during and accused them of making up don’t want to pay for it through the criticism we received last time
to lower the threshold on OSAP, election time. A lot of their promises on education as taxes,” Mann said. “The only was to present a second metric: the
but I think the better answer the election has unfolded. time we hear about tuition fees percentage of times a voter agrees
is to make sure you have a job
the things we demand “This is how you compare the as an issue is during election with each party. We hope this ad-
when you graduate.” of these people [are] NDP platform. They have new time. A lot of the things we ditional information makes the tool
Incumbent Dahkar pointed costs but their plan to balance demand of these people [are] more attractive to our users and po-
out the Liberal party has prom-
highly contradictory.” the budget has stayed the same,” highly contradictory.” tential users.”
ised a $1,600 tuition grant to —Sunny Mann Dahkar said. “What I’m saying
students that come from fami- is that we have a realistic plat-
lies with a combined income of financial support for interna- form. We have a realistic plan.”
less than $160,000. tional students. In response, Bilek explained
UTMSU president Gilbert As a statement from UTMSU that the NDP will raise taxes on
Cassar stood up to inquire noted, the province still pro- corporations and invest funds
about the high cost of tuition vides more loans than grants in in frontline services such as
that international students are OSAP for domestic students. health care and education.
charged. Cassar, an internation- Bilek told the audience that “We’re going to stop the no-
al student himself, expressed the NDP understands the im- strings tax giveaways,” Bilek
his dissatisfaction at being an portance of immigration in said. “We’ll use our tax dollars
“income generator” for the Ontario. She expressed her wisely, not on lobbyists and not
province. concern for the large difference on consultants. It’s the waste
Dahkar took the opportunity between domestic and interna- and the corporate tax give-
to reiterate that the PCs intend tional tuition costs and assured aways.”
10.03.2011 THE MEDIUM NEWS » 3
Hindu Student Council celebrates Hawan
SATwINDER BHATHAl And
»Are you voting in the
ANuREET KAuR provinciAl elections?
The Hindu Student Council hosted
their annual sacred ceremony of
Hawan on Monday. A Hawan is a
sacrificial ritual involving fire, pre-
sided over by a Hindu priest (or
“panditji”), who chants the sacred
Sanskrit mantras in order to invoke
the presence of a deity. Fruit, sweets,
crafted wooden sticks, and butter
are offered to the deity and poured Sujana Sadaf
into the fire (known as the “Hawan Third year, CCIT Third year, Biology
Kund”). The Panditji also lights the
“I’m voting because I feel “I’m voting because I’m
camphor sticks and oil lamps and
pressured by my parents. against the laws the Con-
places them in front of the image
Also, it’s important. ”
servatives are promoting.
of the holy deity. Everyone offers
flowers to the deity throughout the
ceremony, and a pot filled with holy
water is also prepared.
It was performed so that every
UTM student obtains academic
success, happiness, and prosperity.
Approximately 40 students attend-
ed this event at the Student Cen-
tre. Students from professor David
Miller’s Topics in South Asian Re-
ligions class attended this event to Simin Edwin
get a firsthand experience. Third year, Psychology Fourth year, Economy
Students pray for success, happiness, and prosperity.
“This Hawan is not just for fol-
“I’m not a citizen so I’m not “I’m voting and I care about
lowers of [the] Hindu faith, but it D’Mello, president of the HSC. “I believe that no matter what re-
voting. the elections. It’s your civic
is an occasion for every student to The panditji preached about the ligion we all follow, we all pray for
duty to vote.
come out and offer a prayer to the distractions faced by students and the same success. As I walked out,
god they believe in, asking for a suc- how one must meditate to over- I found peace,” said Munib Sajjad,
cessful academic year,” said Valeska come them. UTMSU’s VP External.
UCS camps out for kids New academic society CFRE’s pub offers
JEROME JOHNSON hosts meet and greet
“We wanted to help a girl between
the ages of 1 and 5. It feels pretty
a different groove
Pub continued from Cover
The UTM Undergraduate Com- good. Whenever I get the chance ADAM ERB Language Club.
merce Society set up outside the to volunteer, to help bring in peo- “When I signed up for classes For those who couldn’t attend
Student Centre last week to spread ple to donate; I don’t hesitate to put Last Monday, the Language this year, I was shocked at how the event, CFRE broadcasted
awareness and collect donations up my hand.” Studies Academic Society held a few language courses are offered the event live on their website.
on behalf of impoverished chil- Hiba Abdul Wahid, UCS’s cor- special meet and greet for mem- at this campus,” said a first-year Christian Kuruvilla, tech-
dren in the developing world. porate social responsibility direc- bers, students interested in join- humanities student. nical director of CFRE and
The “Camping for the Kid” char- tor, coordinated the details of the ing, and faculty members of lan- With the decrease in language president of EMAC, headed
ity drive ran the whole week; each event to demonstrate that UCS was guage programs. The event took classes over the past three years, the collaboration between the
day involved a different activity, committed to the cause by having place in the Dean’s Lounge, lo- representatives from LSAS strong- two clubs.
ranging from bake sales to karaoke. someone be in the tent at all times. cated in room 262 in the North ly recommend becoming a part of “At our first Subsomnia, the
A very enthusiastic Waqas Hasan, In doing so, they emphasized the Building, on Monday afternoon. the society in order to promote turnout was much higher than
the initiative’s accountant direc- harsh conditions that many youth Representatives from the Span- and show that languages such as we expected, so we decided to
tor, explained how the amount the in other parts of the world have to ish, French, and Italian clubs were German, Latin, and Spanish are give UTM another night free
students raised would be matched live through every day. present, offering students and fac- in demand and are necessary pro- of Danny Fernandez,” said Ku-
dollar for dollar by Plan Canada “We’ll stay here day in, day out ulty various ethnic pastries and gram choices for UTM students. ruvilla.
with a goal of $5,000. This money to meet our goal. And it’s an in- juice. Anyone with the passion and Given the turnout this year,
will go towards supporting a little centive for people when they walk Students came for free food and desire to learn a new language can students can expect to experi-
girl in Africa, providing her shel- by to ask us questions,” Hasan to hear about what LSAS has to be a part of LSAS here at UTM. ence Subsomnia Pub 3.0 next
ter, food, healthcare, and educa- concluded. “People are impressed offer. LSAS is a new society that The society aims to provide stu- year, but only time will tell if it
tional needs for about a year. [that] we’re toughing it out by stay- started up due to overwhelm- dents with opportunities, help will join the ranks of the clas-
“We gave [Plan Canada] the de- ing here overnight outside, and ing interest in language studies them connect with peers and fac- sics like First Pub, Halloween
scription of who we want to spon- they tell us that they appreciate at UTM, explained the commu- ulty members, and promote lan- Pub, Sexual Awareness Pub,
sor based on need,” said Hasan. our efforts.” nications director of the French guage studies. and Last Pub.
Student has seizure in McGuinty clarifies the 700 protestors arrested Colonel Sanders-style Google+ offers choice
class, college forces her Liberals will not form by NYPD on Brooklyn Obama Fried Chicken between male, female,
to drop course coalition with the NDP Bridge opens in Beijing and other
A former student from Colorado In a letter to Tim Hudak, Ontario More than 700 protesters were ar- A fried chicken restaurant bearing The new social networking site
Mountain College alleged that she premier Dalton McGuinty ruled out rested on the Brooklyn Bridge in close resemblance to KFC opened Google+ allows for three choices
was forced to drop a class after hav- a Liberal coalition with either of his New York on Sunday afternoon. in Beijing recently under the name of gender: male, female, and “oth-
ing a seizure. Apparently, faculty two opponents in the event that no The protestors, part of the Occupy “OFC”. Their logo, in the style of er”—for those that do not subscribe
told her to drop the class because party wins a majority in the upcom- Wall Street movement, diverged Colonel Sanders, looks strikingly to gender conformity. Advocacy
the episode was too distracting to ing election. McGuinty has faced from the rest of their group and similar to US president Barack groups are calling for gender-neu-
other students. The student insists pressure over the last few weeks, found themselves on the driving Obama. The Beijing restaurant fol- tral language that doesn’t exclude
that the decision is a violation of with polls showing him neck-and- lanes, where they were immediately lows in the footsteps of other Amer- transgendered individuals. There
the Americans with Disabilities neck with Hudak. McGuinty says taken into custody by the NYPD. ican Obama-themed fried chicken are nearly 5,000 Gay-Straight Al-
Act. his opponents are using talk of a restaurants. Obama was not avail- liance Clubs at high schools in the
minority as political ammunition. able to comment for this story. United States.
Source: CBS denver Source: The Toronto Star Source: reuters.com Source: huffingtonpost.ca Source: The New York Times
Editor-in-Chief » Michael Di Leo
The international-fee misconception
One of the more interesting points stay and help our economy). means around $5,000 per family equal portion of this funding, espe- per-student funding from the gov-
raised at last week’s All Candidates What the candidates didn’t men- goes to our provincial government, cially after considering how much ernment. Due to the influx of post-
Debate was the issue of differen- tion (and this, I’m sure, was a con- which in turn provides funding for money Ontario residents and their secondary students in recent years
tial international student fees and scious effort on their part) is the our universities, among other ser- families put into the system already. (a result of Dalton McGuinty’s
their place in Ontario universities reality of university funding in On- vices. Fun fact: students are usually Some argue that international “Reaching Higher” program), per-
and colleges. Our own Student tario. part of families that pay taxes. student fees are used solely to gen- student funding is declining from
Union president, Gilbert Cassar Most university students have The point I’m trying to make is erate revenue for our province and a high of around $7,700 in 2009/10
(an international student himself), not had the pleasure of paying tax- that international students do not that it is unfair not to subsidize to around $7,000 in 2013/14—a 9%
brought up the point during the es. (It is an incredibly sobering ex- pay more for their university edu- them with government dollars. drop.
question period of the debate and perience.) But luckily, students gen- cation when you take into account That said, I believe it is important to This begs the question: Should
heard a wide range of answers from erally do not earn enough taxable the hidden (or, more accurately, foster other kinds of funding for in- universities be accessible to a wider
the candidates. There was finger- income, nor do they own property brushed over) costs to regional stu- ternational students. Scholarships, population at the cost of the quality
pointing (the PCs want to eliminate or other valuable assets that can be dents. The differentiation in fees, grants, and interest-free student of education? Similarly, is it fair to
the Trillium Scholarship), claims taxed. while stark on paper, is meant to loans are all great methods—espe- subsidize international students at a
of austerity (Ontario is running a On the other hand, a median-in- make up for the gap in provincial cially when distributed on the basis time when funding is dropping off?
massive deficit so funding should come family, earning, say, $50,000 a funding that international students of merit.
be limited), and, not surprisingly, year, is subject to around 30% total do not contribute to. I don’t think It seems to me, though, that YOURS,
vague quasi-solutions (giving in- income tax (approximately 10% anyone would argue that interna- the issue most students should be
ternational students “incentives” to provincial and 20% federal). That tional students should receive an concerned with is the decline in MICHAEL DI LEO
Language is everything
As a linguistics student, a new books just to know something that speaking your first language. And
member of LSAS, an editor, and a you are one of the world’s experts like any geek, you’re gonna find it
wannabe writer, I’ve come to appre- in. You can be proud, brutha. You fun to talk about.
ciate just how pervasive, how every- got it. I dunno, maybe you’re a bit scep-
where it is. We at The Medium deal But it’s time to bring it to light. tical after all my talking. But just
primarily in it. We sit through lec- There are some really cool things give it a try. (Maybe you’re think-
tures delivered exclusively in it. We going on there, just beneath the ing to yourself, “This language guy
read books, watch movies, listen to surface. Things you never thought just used the word ‘dunno’. What a
song lyrics, and talk to our friends about, consciously. But which you’ll poser.” Actually, the word is older
in language. We even think in it, find cool. I promise. than this country—it’s been around
most of the time. Hell, I’m using it “But it’s all so technical and since 1842.) Listen to what you say COReY BelfORd/The MediUM
right now! science-y. There’s so many rules I and wonder why you say it. Wonder
So shouldn’t we know more could (not?) care less about.” where you learned an expression, or
about it? “Why would I want to know if why it perfectly fits what you mean,
True, most of us know everything my glottis is vibrating? That’s per- or what it’ll mean tomorrow. Bet-
there is to know about our mother verted.” ter still, wonder what words people
tongue—whatever the rules of “I’ll say stuff the want I way!” use on you because they see that it
grammar are, however complicat- Actually, no you won’t. Every- works—advertisers, public speak-
ed, however random and irregular, thing hinges on whether what you ers, lovers, they all know how to
get this: we know ’em all by heart. say rings true or not, or else your push your buttons. How?
And we use them reliably, instantly, friends just give you a funny look. Language is something you and
and automatically (as long as we get And the glottis, velum, and uvula your clever little brain do most of
enough sleep, which, okay, is not are all perfectly normal and healthy the time, every day. Take a mo-
likely at UTM). In fact, if you speak organs, especially considering that ment to consider how miraculously
a language, which you do, think (surprisingly) none of them is sexu- strange any little snippet of it is. You
about this: many grown, intelligent al. It’s true that it can get a bit tech- have my recommendation, for what
people spend years and thousands nical. And we all know that’s not it’s worth. email@example.com
of dollars taking courses and seeing fun, that’s class. But like I said, the
professionals and poring over text- key is… you’ve already got a PhD in - Luke Sawczak
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Pub night gets subsomnified
ARISTOTLE ELIOPOULOS I decide where the transitions will stuff that seemed a bit unfamiliar
aSSoCiaTe ediTor lie throughout the set, depending to the crowd. Because of this I re-
on the venue, crowd age, gender tooled my set on the fly. I started
Last Thursday Night at UTM’s ratios, time of day, day of the week, out with Top 40 remixes to get ev-
Blind Duck Pub, CFRE and the etc. You have to be somewhat of a eryone a little more comfortable
University of Toronto Electronic forecaster, but the thing I like most and on the dance floor. Prepara-
Music Appreciation Club pre- is playing on the fly and submers- tion is crucial, but sometimes you
sented Subsomnia 2.0, a pub night ing myself in the moment. read a room and you need to shake
dedicated to playing the very best things up. I think it went well, and
of electronic, dubstep, and trance TM: Knowing that UTEMAC is a I was very relieved when I started
music. The event was a success, partner for the event, electronic playing my set and the dance floor
and we had a chance to talk to music comes to mind as a crucial filled up with booty-shakin’ bod-
DJ No1da (the moniker of An- sound of the night, but do you feel ies.
drew Griffith) afterwards about inspired by other genres or musi-
preparing for his set, his musical cians when creating your DJ set? TM: Do you feel it’s important that
influences, and why CFRE- and AG: I am usually inspired by CFRE and UTEMAC sponsor pub
UTEMAC-sponsored pub nights what is popular on the radio, as events like this? Do you find these
are so important to underground many types of electronic music events different from other types
musicians like himself. have hit mainstream listeners. For of pub nights?
example, David Guetta, Tiesto, AG: These types of events must
The Medium: When preparing Avicii, Skrillex—fans of main- continue! When people think of
music for a show like Subsomnia stream electronic music appreciate UTM pub nights, they think of the
2.0, what comes to mind? What when I incorporate these artists same type of music and content.
do you feel is important to know into my set. Electronic music has I think that’s why the hype dies
when getting your DJ set ready? always had a caring, loving vibe, so I down after the first pub; it’s more
Andrew Griffith: Promotion! always try to stay true to that. That difficult to pull in a crowd when
There’s only a small niche of elec- being said, a good Top 40 remix it’s the same DJs and the same Top
tronic music lovers on this cam- always seems to bring the dance 40 hits—the same results. Niche
pus, so we need to get the word floor together when I’m playing. events like Subsomnia can be suc-
out. Also, sound setup is key. Any- cessful with enough promotion,
edward Cai/The medium
one can listen to a song on a pair TM: Now that the night is over, and with [Blind Duck manager]
of, say, Altec Lancing $50 speak- how did you feel it went? Shane Madhani’s involvement, will take more than a few people’s Andrew, or No1da, is a member of
ers, but it is somewhat of a dying AG: Well, on Thursday night I had these events have only become efforts. Overall, I am proud of the UTEMAC and a personal trainer
culture where people go out and already planned out where I was better with time—but sometimes guys who made it out to express at the RAWC every Thursday night.
listen to music on a proper system going to start with, but once I that’s not enough. DJs like me have their love of music. And I’m im- You can listen to his Subsomnia 2.0
and hear it the way it was meant walked into the pub about 45 min- a strong underground following, pressed with the assistance from mix at soundcloud.com/no1da.
to be heard. When it comes to my utes before my set, the entire at- but we still need local support CFRE. They are a great partner for
set, I prepare an outline—a list of mosphere was different from what from other students and friends us at UTEMAC, and it has worked To be a part of UTEMAC, visit their
“must-plays” for the event. From I expected. The vibe of the room on campus. Despite the support well for the rise of independent Facebook page at facebook.com/
there, I designate Top 40 remixes, was quite a novel underground we have so far, we still need sup- music, as well as the creation of utemac. To find out more about CFRE
dark tech, funky disco, and pro- sound to most attendees: lots of port from all ends to make sure an interdependent relationship and to be a part of the station, visit
gressive peak-time bangers. Then experimental/trip hop/dubstep these events continue to work. It between CFRE and UTEMAC. cfreradio.com.
Artists “take part” at the Barnicke
Social media and effects on human perception are the focus of new exhibit at the Barnicke Gallery
LORI-LEE EMSHEY movies; one is silent, the other but also terrifying.
with audio, projected onto the The remaining two exhibits
white wash walls. The silent film are in total darkness, illuminated
In a video projected on the gallery is a video-based documentary by only by the projector. In the pen-
wall, a blonde girl of about 16, wear- Berlin-based Tobias Zielony called ultimate room, a rusted, bloodied
ing a white cotton shirt, picks up a Vele di Scampia (or Sails of Scam- footlocker rests on the floor under
crumpled piece of paper, smiles, pia). The video shows fireworks three photographs of emaciated
and whispers to the girl next to her, over a low-rise cement modernist babies in the Congo. In a film by
who is equally blonde and similar- housing community in Naples, Italy. Renzo Martens, the Dutch artist
ly dressed. The second girl smiles, The documentary is accompanied travels through the Congo and in-
then giggles and whispers to the by photographs on the two remain- terviews dying children, plantation
girl seated next to her, who is also ing walls in this section of the gal- owners, and villagers, juxtaposing
blonde, but less giggly and more lery. The second video, The Descent them with poverty and consumer-
scared. This is not a home movie, of Man, and Selection in Relation to ism. This portion of his film—more
but a film from curator Juan A. Sex by Anette Mona Chişa (Roma- a work of art than a documen-
Lori-Lee emShey/The medium
Gaitán’s Models for Taking Part nia) and Lucia Tkáčová (Slovakia), tary—centres on a blue neon sign
The exhibit runs until December 11; admission is free.
exhibition at the Justina M. Bar- is a tongue-in-cheek interpretation Martens sets up in various villages,
nicke Gallery at Hart House. The and individual human perception. Żmijewski of Warsaw, Poland. This of Darwin’s book of the same name. which reads “Enjoy Poverty”. It
exhibition is composed of works In the first room, videos show- installation has a row of flat screens In this film, “the blonde girls” sit is at times graphic and chilling,
by five international artists in both ing reenactments of Nazi-occupied playing documentary vignettes on on a row of chairs and play a game making you thankful that you are
video and print. The works inter- Germany play next to a tour of the protests, speeches, and forms of of telephone with quotes from in the dark where no one can see
pret how the modern public sphere Apartheid Wall in Israel and along- self-affirmation. The vignettes are Darwin’s book. The phrases get the reaction on your face. Gaitan
is simultaneously bought together side women’s rights protests. The in a survey of languages and all simplified and reinterpreted until proclaimed the documentary,
and segregated by social media, first work in the gallery is a multi- provide English subtitles. they reach the end of the chain and Episode III: Enjoy Poverty, the
consumerism, religion, capitalism, screen video exhibit by Artur The next room contains two are read out. The result is hilarious, “coda” of the exhibit.
6 «ARTS THE MEDIUM 10.03.2011
LORI-LEE EMSHEY HITS THE MAJOR HOTSPOTS
The 6 p.m. UTM shuttle was full. A AIRship exhibit. On the third floor, black—were posters of Bollywood quiet and patrons filled the pews set-style rain, smoke, and fog ma-
crowd had gathered by 5:45 p.m., six helium, light-filled blips fought films from the 1950s to 1980s. By as in a movie theater and watched chines. Nuit Blanche patrons were
each person vying for one of the against weighted glass spheres to walking chronologically through as a projection of a cathedral aisle loaned an umbrella and could walk
52 seats going downtown. Nuit float to the top of the Hart House the gallery you could see how the blurred in and out of focus. Despite through the alley while being pho-
Blanche was to start in exactly one ceiling. The night launched to a tur- posters (and wall colour) reflected its simplicity, people were reluc- tographed and filmed. Many were
hour. A harassed bus driver shouted bulent start when one of the blimps the economic and cultural climate tant to move on and give up their disappointed when there was noth-
to the unruly crowd that there was starting leaking helium, but it was for each decade. seats; instead, they slumped in the ing on the other side, while others
only one bus on Saturday and that quickly fixed by one of the design- At 8:30 (and on the other side pews and waited for the film to start thought someone had set off the
he’d try to call for an overflow bus, ers. of downtown) Isabelle Hayeur’s again. fire alarm sprinklers. But the disap-
which finally arrived an hour later. By 7:45, the ROM’s Bollywood Ascension was gaining popularity, One more notable interactive pointment and confusion quickly
UTM did not anticipate the popu- exhibit was almost at capacity. Also although there was no real lineup piece was I just know that something evaporated when they were shown
larity of Nuit Blanche—an all-night, located on the third floor, it too was yet. This exhibit took place in the good is going to happen by Curtis the cinematic and classic pictures
interactive art festival now in its worth the walk. On pink, orange, Metropolitan United Church, or Grahauer. On Adelaide Street, an just made from their interaction,
sixth year—among its students. and yellow walls—a deviation from was the church itself, depending on alley was converted into an inter- making the exhibit a favourite of
At 7 p.m., Hart House opened its the ROM’s trademark white and your perspective. The exhibit was active sculpture involving movie- the night.
this guy »
*Except this one
by Jennifer Ly
10.03.2011 THE MEDIUM A&E » 7
joy rapping Interpretive dancing
Inukshuks en Guess w is serious business
to Eminem hich one
Be weary of how
much face Zombie Apoca
jam ends up on lypse.
the masks The Umbrella
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DARREN SAVAGE TALKS TO THE PEOPLE
It’s 4:57 a.m. Nothing went Darren Savage: Well, folks, how DS: To pick up on that commu- plan and then you get down there attend the fabled food trucks, the
according to plan. Everything was that? nity feeling and joint experience: and you realize there may be no funnel cakes smelled good and the
is over. People have gone home. We all went down there together... point in making one. Having hun- overall experience was well worth
Mere hours ago the streets of Andrew Bascom: I thought it nothing that we had planned went dreds of exhibits makes it diffi- it.
Toronto were teeming with peo- was great. I think the best part [according] to, well, plan. Con- cult to plan things. There’s three
ple eager to take in a night of art of the event is the scope, the cerning the event as a whole, what different zones, three different DS: What would you recommend
in the city during Nuit Blanche. scale of the event. Toronto is a positive aspect can be taken from curators, for a reason. It’s great to to future attendees?
This year it featured more than big city, and the fact that they that experience? feel so safe downtown, too. Yonge
130 “free and accessible contem- shut down such a large part of Street is the longest street in the TS: Go in smaller groups. We
porary art projects”, and in due it for this is a pretty incredible SF: I think that no matter what world and we were just walking saw how larger ones get split up.
order, the event has become a thing. you plan, it’s never going to hap- down it tonight with hundreds, I think next time I might actually
major attraction for artists and Tyler Silva: I thought it was pen like you think it will, because maybe thousands, of people. make a stricter plan and go ear-
dilettantes, not to mention huge awesome. This is the first time there is so much happening and That’s a pretty incredible feeling. lier. You need to just so you can
crowds of people with no special I’ve ever gone, and I had heard people are going to want to do On that note, the event pro- check out more things. It’s really
knowledge of art. stories from people telling me it their own things. Everybody vides ample opportunities to different and it’s worth checking
One group of intrepid young was great. I went, and now I say, wants to go and experience what experience a wide array of feel- out.
enthusiasts aimed to take in ev- yeah, it was pretty awesome. But they want to experience. But [at ings and sensations. From a post- SF: I’m very new to Toronto and
erything they could with as many it’s still a little disappointing in Nuit Blanche] they have the op- apocalyptic exhibit that made one it was a great way to experience
people as they could. It proved to a way because you can’t do ev- portunity to do that and that’s feel as if the city was on the verge the city. It’s great to learn about
be quite difficult. Andrew Bas- erything and see it all. But there great. of a lockdown to one that simply all the positive sides of Toronto as
com, a long-time Toronto resi- is so much stuff you gotta pick TS: I still thought that we got provided a contained experience opposed to the negatives that you
dent, had enjoyed the festivities and choose. Still, what we saw to see a bunch of cool stuff. It of getting caught in the rain (they hear and sometimes experience. I
before; Tyler Silva, who com- was pretty cool. doesn’t matter that we didn’t get to provide you with an umbrella). would absolutely do it again and
mutes to Toronto for work but Stephanie Francis: I thought go as far as we wanted to, because Nuit Blanche excels at altering recommend everyone go. It’s dif-
does not have a thorough knowl- it definitely felt like a commu- we still had our night regardless. perceptions, creating atmosphere, ferent.
edge of the city, had never been; nity event. You know, there were You know what I mean? You don’t and conveying shared experience. AB: Comfortable shoes and warm
Stephanie Francis, one of the so many different people down have to do everything; the ones You quickly learn that art can be clothing. Be prepared for a long
newest residents to the city (she there and we were all experienc- that we did see were very cool. amazingly transformative. More- night, and it’s well worth it. Ev-
moved here on Thursday), did ing the same things together. It AB: It’s always cool to see the city over, it can take almost any form, eryone should go. I really think
not know what to expect. was really cool going to all the in a different light. It’s so rare that from intimate personal exhibits it’s one of those things you need
The following are just some different events and seeing all there are that many people up this to larger, more interactive ones. to do. Art is alive in this city. No
of their surprisingly coherent the different things together, late at night walking the streets Nuit Blanche is one major project matter what is happening in this
and poignant impressions (long with so many people, was really and everybody seems to be having consisting of many minor sights, city politically, art is alive and
pauses admittedly omitted), after very cool. It’s strange that it felt a good time. Every year you do sounds, smells, and tastes. Even [Nuit Blanche] is a great represen-
a rather long night. like such a community. this you think you should have a though the group was unable to tation of that.
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Editor » Larissa Ho
Is the MCAT still relevant?
Emily AchEson ized tests a very poor way to assess
a student’s academic ability. For in-
stance, if a student has everything
MCAT. These four letters can make it takes to be a doctor but has a bad
the difference between a student day when writing the MCAT, his
getting into or being rejected by test score could seriously hurt his
medical school. Thousands of un- chances.
dergraduate students in Canada Standardized tests also bring in
and the United States write this millions of dollars for test adminis-
standardized exam at least once in trators and companies offering prep
their lives. The MCAT, or Medical courses before the test. A Princeton
College Admissions Test, is often Review classroom prep course for
the final hurdle for a pre-med stu- the MCAT, which runs for a total of
dent’s application. 105 hours, costs nearly $2,000. That
Most students spend months of doesn’t include the MCAT exam
their summer vacation ploughing itself, which costs about $230 for
through entire textbooks on phys- each writing. Students, especially in
ics, chemistry, organic chemistry, Ontario, have enough stress grap-
biology, and verbal reasoning. lawrence.edu/PHOTO pling with higher-than-average tu-
Many spend almost as much energy ition fees. Of course, administrators
Does mcAT really stand for “me, crazy And Tired”?
panicking over their practice test and prep courses are hardly moti-
scores, their upcoming test date, American schools were already than students from another But if front of a glaring computer screen vated to abandon such a lucrative
and their final results. All students using standardized essay-based the first marks harder than the oth- can affect your ability to think testing model.
spend hundreds or even thousands tests. By 1914, an American named er, the smarter students will have clearly. These tests mainly check The concept of standardized test-
of dollars before the exam is even Frederick J. Kelly had invented lower marks on their transcript. that a student has the endurance ing in general comes with heavy de-
over. the multiple-choice test. Scanning To solve issues like this, the needed in high-stress situations. bate. The question of whether this
But is this standardized test re- machines followed. By the 1920s, standardized test presents students The exam can also help students testing is fair or not may never be
ally necessary? American medical schools made from all schools with the exact with a lower GPA score. If they get solved.
The general standardized test has the MCAT part of their admission same types of questions. If students high MCAT scores, this could lend What can be said in favour of the
its roots as far back as 7th-century process. really are better, this should show in an advantage. MCAT is that Canadian and Amer-
China, where job applicants wrote The standardized test is meant their test scores. However, if students get a low ican doctors are rated among the
essays about poetry and Confu- to provide admission boards with The MCAT is supposed to assess MCAT score, even if their GPA is best in the world. Nearly all these
cian philosophy. The creation of the an accurate comparison of students a student’s critical thinking and un- phenomenal, they may not get into doctors underwent standardized
printing press in 1440 A.D. in Eu- from a variety of backgrounds. For derstanding. Four hours into a five- their school of choice. They may testing. They may not have liked
rope allowed for standard printed instance, students attending one hour MCAT exam, all the sweating, not get into medical school at all. writing the MCAT, but their pa-
written examinations. In 1845, school may have a better education typing, and scribbling equations in Some groups consider standard- tients are glad they did.
My encounter with
PriyAnkA kumAr ish your lab three days before for forever—relax!), just
nAzifA islAm toward the children’s books section. the due date, you will go and until you’re done your work. Turn
But sure enough, the Moleskine It happens to everyone: You’re sit- get those shoes that you’ve off the phone and put it away.
When you’re browsing through any came back to haunt me that night ting in your room, the clock reads obsessed about. The incentive of You may suffer from feelings of
bookstore in Canada, you’re usu- and, yes, I Googled it. Turns out that 2:32 a.m., and you’re just start- the shoes will push you to finish nakedness without your phone
ally prepared to spend a consider- these black leather-bound notebooks ing the third page (if you’re lucky your work. and Facebook, but trust me, it’s
able amount, no matter what you have had some very prominent us- enough to have gotten that far). totally worth it!
buy—as in, the prices are seriously ers—Ernest Hemingway and Vin- Procrastination gets the worst remember that 6. If you can’t bear to separate
higher than you find with our neigh- cent Van Gogh, to name a couple. of everyone; I’ve been known to getting rid of the habit from Facebook and your phone, set
bours to the south. Such was the case However, the notebooks were only procrastinate all the time. I actu- times aside for when you can
when I decided to forgo the mas- created as a brand in 1997. Do they ally procrastinated with this arti- of procrastination isn’t check them. Every time you finish
sive human chain that is the UTM mean that Hemingway’s use of simi- cle, and the assignments I had due easy, and it’s not going studying a chapter or writing a
Bookstore lineup, and headed to In- lar black leather-bound notebooks today. But never fear; I’m here to page you can check your Facebook
digo. Of course, like any good chain adds to the value of Moleskines, help you stop procrastinating, or to go away immedi- or phone.
bookstore, Indigo carries a plethora making them worth $17 apiece? at least do it less. ately. It takes work and Remember that getting rid of
of cute, trendy, and entirely unus- At this point, I’ll confess that I 1. When you’re given an assign- the habit of procrastination isn’t
able stationery products that draws wished I had bought one at the store. ment and the due date is far away, time. The best part of easy, and it’s not going to go away
the customers in immediately. Thus, I mean, what writer wouldn’t want a do not put it off ! Instead, do a lit- less procrastination in immediately. It takes work and
when I had intended only to pur- bit of that literary magic to rub off on tle each day, and by the time the time.
chase The Portable Machiavelli, I them? But this isn’t about my aspi- due date rolls around you’ll either your life is the sense of The best part of less procrasti-
found myself in the “writing shop” rations to write the Great Canadian be done or extremely close. accomplishment. nation in your life is the sense of
section. And that is when I came Novel, so let’s get back to the note- 2. Set a schedule for yourself accomplishment that washes
upon a Moleskine: a seriously seri- books. In short, the Moleskine note- when finishing a task—and stick 4. Get a study buddy! You have over you when you walk past the
ous-looking notebook that looked books look good in one’s hand, seem to it! For example, if you’re given a to be careful here, though; make library with your assignment in
as though it could belong anywhere rather nice to write in, have a bit of research paper, set a date to re- sure to study buddy with some- hand, ready to submit, and you
from the prime minister’s desk draw- history attached, and, most impor- search, set a date to outline the one who will motivate and not see the procrastinator you used
er to your English professor’s satchel. tantly, they have an interesting name. paper, and set a date by which distract you. Look for a buddy to be in the form of all those
I glanced at the price tag: $16.95. I So whether you’re going to run out your paper should be done. Stick- who will make sure you focus and people stuck in the library
picked up the notebook and exam- and get yourself one or pass, if you ing to your schedule will help keep you on track. ripping their hair out because
ined it closely; what about this makes ever need a “legendary notebook” you keep in mind of due dates 5. Shut yourself off from they’re nowhere close to be-
it $16.95, I wondered momentarily. (as the tagline suggests) have some and avoid procrastination distractions. This is easier ing done. All you can do is walk
But I didn’t spare it much thought as, money to drop on one, you might 3. Treat yourself. For example, said than done, but it helps! away and laugh, because that’s
for no particular reason, I wandered have an idea where to look. promise yourself that if you fin- Deactivate Facebook (not not you (and your hair is intact).
10.03.2011 THE MEDIUM FEATURES » 9
Can’t just have one Weird test and
So you’re out shopping with friends
and you see shoes you would just
die to have, but they cost $300 What do you do before a test or exam?
(oh yeah, designer!) and you
have no money left. Here’s a point Carine abouseif gelo. “I gather all my research in
that separates an addict and an advance, but I sit down to write
average shopper. A person who A lucky hoodie. A special pen. closer to the deadline.”
just likes shopping would be able Many of us have them: weird little Students disagreed on the level
to say no to those expensive de- items or rituals that we believe of noise they needed to study.
signer shoes. It’s just not in the (or just hope) will get us through Some said they needed a steady
budget. Someone suffering from an essay or exam. Sometimes ritu- babble, while others required
shopping addiction (medically als are as simple as wearing your absolute silence. Several declared it
known as oniomania) would get special sweatpants on test day. Oth- blasphemy to attempt an essay
those shoes—in three colours. er times it’s a lot more complicated. without music and headphones.
Addictions are all about lack of We asked students what rituals When it comes to final ex-
control. A person who is not an they performed when writing es- ams, students become especially
what makes you feel like you’ve got drugs on the brain?
addict is in complete control says, taking exams, or just plain superstitious about their wardrobe.
of what they do (e.g., not buying Despite what every magazine is making them feel good. This is also studying. Desouza said she would wear an
a pair of shoes) while the addic- insisting nowadays, the only way to how addictions get bigger, involve “I have to start on a blank page,” item again if she did well in a pre-
tion is in control of the addict. A really kick the sugar addiction is to harder drugs, and consume more said Catherine Lopes, a fourth- vious exam while wearing it. She
shopping addict runs up mul- quit cold turkey. Take juice, chips, money, and lead to the despera- year English and professional writ- also mentioned a concept that
tiple credit cards and takes a sweets, and soda out of your diet to tion that makes an addict engage ing student. “And I have to use a made a few other female inter-
nosedive into debt just for that let your body get back to normal. in more and more hazardous con- black pen.” viewees nod: “I keep thinking that
moment of happiness when Eating any of those things actually duct (like buying a $1,000 pair of “I like studying on the floor,” if I dress too well to an exam, I’ll
they get something new. triggers cravings for more, creating shoes!). said another student, Camille fail it… like karma, or something.”
An addiction can be any- an unhealthy cycle that’s only prof- Addiction develops mainly out Amigelo, who’s taking a double De Jesus took a different view.
thing—shopping, drinking, drugs, itable for the food industry. of our environment. Advertise- major in English and chemistry. “Wearing a hoodie to an exam
exercise—but it is all essentially Immediately after stopping the ments fool us into thinking we Other students get comfort from a would be admitting defeat,”
the same idea. Addictions are compulsive behaviour of an ad- need certain things to be happy. cup of coffee or tea while studying; she said. The majority of
associated with positive emo- diction, an addict has withdrawal (One poster ad for HP laptops still others feel the need to panic interviewed students, however,
tions, usually sheer ecstasy, which symptoms. These symptoms can that’s been around campus lately even just a few days before a dead- said their clothing item of choice
makes people keep coming result in physical symptoms (head- even uses the word “addiction” as a line. for a long exam would be a com-
back to the addiction over and over aches, shaking, and sweating, to selling point). People will be drawn Psychology student Sarah De- fortable sweater or hoodie.
again. But as time goes on, more name a few) and can drive the ad- to find happiness in any way they souza explained how she uses Another student (who wished
of the addiction is required to dict right back to the fix. As with can, especially in hard times, and stories to memorize a passage from to remain unnamed) stressed the
capture those positive feelings anything else, practice, hard work, it’s important to find happiness in a text. “I’ll make up a story with importance of relaxing before
and numb the darker ones. and routines that override the ad- different ways and places to avoid the items on my desk and relate an exam. “I like to read Japanese
The need keeps getting sharper, diction have the best results. addiction to one thing. it to what I read—even if they’re novels the night before an exam,”
and the satisfaction weaker. So what else does an addict do Though we will always be in dan- not relevant. And it works,” she he said.
We get addicted when something to kick the addiction? Join a re- ger of addiction, there is treatment. added, reading from her cognitive Since our campus doesn’t
makes us feel good, but some peo- covery program. The best types of The first step is admitting it, and psychology textbook. have a long history behind it,
ple have a genetic predisposition to programs are ones that are ongoing then, with time and effort, work- Some students writing es- superstitious rituals based on
addiction. Addictions can also arise (AA, for example, and other AA- ing to get life back to the healthy says get their best thinking done campus artifacts have yet to de-
out of the attempt to numb the pain based programs such as Overeaters normal. while shampooing their hair. “I velop. We have no statue whose
and memory of shame or trauma, Anonymous, Gamblers Anony- So really, think twice before construct my thesis when I’m in big toe we can rub for divine
especially from childhood. Addic- mous, Shopaholics Anonymous, you buy those unnecessary (and the shower,” said Jodelle Faye de assistance on that calculus test
tions can even begin in response to Debtors Anonymous—and more expensive!) shoes. If nothing else, Jesus, also an English and profes- or response to Kafka. But until
current stresses or traumas in life. anonymice!). These intensive, make yourself wait until you have sional writing student. such a statue is constructed,
For instance, a person with anxiety community-based programs have the money. Then the thrill doesn’t Whereas professors are al- UTM students will probably
problems or depression may devel- double the success rate of short- just come from buying something. ways advising us to start essays continue to write topic sentenc-
op an addiction just to forget about term programs. It comes from earning what you in advance, several students said es while rinsing their hair and
that other aspect of their life, even There are two types of recovery want, and hey—that’s something to they did otherwise. “I can’t start to wear their sweats and hoodies
for a short time. programs. For more severe, even feel good about. writing too early,” explained Ami- with pride.
Beyond drug, gambling, and life-threatening addictions, people
shopping addictions, new research can go to a recovery centre (inpa-
by Dr. Mark Hyman has proven tient), where they will stay full-time
that food, especially sugary, for counselling and coping meth-
fatty junk food, is actually ods. The other type of program is
addictive. Many alcoholics turn meetings (outpatient), where the
their addiction to sugar during re- person talks with other addicts and
covery. Commercial food compa- learn how to overcome the addic-
nies know how to make the right tion. The main part of recovery is to
combination of sugar and fat to be able to admit there’s a problem
make it addicting. Because of this, and be held accountable for it.
food can be as physically and psy- Both outpatient and inpatient
chologically addictive as drugs and programs are at least 90 days, as re-
alcohol. quired by the National Institute on
Junk food replicates the effect Drug Addiction (NIDA). Anything
some drugs have on the brain. less than this, and it’s likely the ad-
Endorphins are released, which dict will fall right back into their
makes you feel good—even if it addiction. It’s best to be in a pro-
only lasts through the last crumb gram for a lot longer than 90 days to
of a chocolate bar. This addiction ensure an effective recovery. Even
drives the fast food and snack food inpatients usually continue in an
industries; people literally “can’t get outpatient program after being in
enough” or “can’t have just one”. a recovery centre. The honest truth
Being addicted to sugar is the same about recovery is that it’s extremely
as anything else: the addict needs difficult. Only 20% of alcoholics
more and more to get the same ef- recover for good. But that doesn’t
fect. People who can squash their mean recovery is impossible.
cravings for food, usually by doing The main attraction of addiction
something else, obviously aren’t ad- is getting lost in whatever makes
dicted. But the people who eat even you feel good. The majority of drug
when they’re not hungry are defi- addicts admit that they did not seek
nitely hooked on sugar. help even when the drug stopped
10 « 10.03.2011
Editor » Chris Callahan
watch baseball MLB season comes to an end
A baseball fan in Canada amounts
to an outsider in the world of sports
fans. I never played organized
hockey or soccer, so at the lunch
table, when I wanted to talk sports
with the kids at school, I was usu-
ally given a snarky dismissal by—
well, everyone. Well, now I have my
soapbox (The Medium) so I think
it’s time I use it. Baseball isn’t as bad
as you think it is, I promise.
The MLB playoffs have arrived,
and here are two reasons that a
skeptical sports fan should give
baseball a try this fall:
1. The Yankees are in the play- CBSTAMPA.COM/PHOTOS
offs and you should hate them. a clean-shaven Johnny Damon bears little resemblance to a caveman, and his rays managed to sneak into the MlB playoffs.
We all love to see the villain fail and
the hero prevail. The Yankees have Chantal Pereira ing MLB records. Uniforms were and Boston Red Sox. games, it was within reach. The
earned the moniker “Evil Empire” stark white and pressed, faces were As a young girl growing up fateful day came on July 9, against
for consistently spending more School has started, there’s a chill fresh, and balls were plentiful. April around quite a few baseball fans, I David Price and the Rays. In true
than every other team in the league. in the air, and baseball playoff sea- marks my favourite time of year; learned that if you’re from Toronto Jeter fashion, the hit was not just
Root for them to fail; it’s fun. son is right around the corner. As a everyone has a shot at being the you should root for two teams: the momentous because of the mile-
2. A slow sport means less fo- diehard Jays fan, I’m going to hold best and everyone plays like they Blue Jays, and anyone who beats the stone; it was knocked right out of
cus is required. This allows specta- my tongue about how it feels to be are. Yankees. the home field. Leave it to a Yankee
tors to speak with someone at the left in fourth place yet again and in- As always, there were a few So this season proved to be a to be overly dramatic.
bar or have a few laughs with their stead take you, the reader, on a little standouts and favourites from the little bit of an issue when the only Jeter joined an elite club of leg-
friends. You could even do a bit of field trip. very beginning. It pains me to have team that seemed able to conquer endary hitters, including Pete Rose,
homework or Facebook chatting We are going back to a few to mention these two teams, but in the Yanks were the Red Sox, a team Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays,
with the game in the background; months ago: April. It was a sim- the interest of being objective, I will I equally abhor. Tony Gwynn, and Lou Brock.
the baseball purists won’t hate you pler time with no stresses about the venture into the scary world that The two teams engaged in a vi- The National League proved to
for it. playoffs, trade deadlines, or break- belongs to the New York Yankees cious climb for the top spot in the be surprises all season long. Last
American League East Division. season’s champs, the San Francisco
They dominated the division for Giants, started off the season with
the majority of the season, until the guns blazing trying to defend their
third-place team, the Tampa Bay title, but the Arizona Diamond-
Rays, showed that they too could backs gave them something to fight
contend for the top spot. for in the West Division.
The Rays were hot on the coat- The last time the D-backs were
tails of the Sox and gave them a contenders was in 2001 when they
good run for their money. In the went on to win the entire series. It
last quarter of the season, the Rays was obvious that they were plan-
never fell below a five-game gap ning on making a comeback after
with the Sox—and they gave them a very dry decade. It almost seems
something to play for. pointless, though, for anyone in
Last Wednesday night, on the the National League (or the entire
final day of the regular season, the MLB, for that matter) to attempt to
Rays pulled off an extra-innings surpass the dominating Phillies.
win against the Yankees and sur- With the dream team of Halla-
passed the Red Sox, taking sec- day and Lee, it seems as though the
ond place in the AL East and the team is unstoppable. Hey, Halladay,
wildcard spot that the Red Sox no bitterness on my end, none at all.
desperately fought to hold on to (Okay, you got me; I miss you and
during this fierce late summer bat- your pitching.)
tle. This season, they were led by the Now this field trip back in time
masterful David Price, who, with a would not be complete if all I did
career ERA of 3.33, has emerged as was talk about the dominating
the ace of an impressive young Rays teams. I have to make fun of—I
rotation. In other Rays news, John- mean report on—the teams who
ny Damon has successfully made did not do so well. Dear Baltimore
the evolution from caveman to full Orioles and Houston Astros: I guess
human. there’s always next year, or the year
The Yankees saw an amazing sea- after that… or the one after that. Ah
son with yet another MLB record. well, you did your best; what more
Shortstop Derek Jeter began his can fans ask for?
season with the looming knowledge Well, it seems as though our trip
that this season would be ground- has come to a close, just like the reg-
breaking for him. His 3,000th hit ular season. Even though my Jays
was bound to happen—the only are not in the running, the playoffs
question on the mind of the vet of look like they are going to be excit-
17 years was when. ing, and it could be anyone’s game.
Over the course of a handful of And by anyone, I mean the Phillies.
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A big year for baseball in Canada NBA Lockout is on
Canadian players making an impact on America’s pastime A stagnant summer means no
progress for hungry basketball fans
ISAAC OWUSU on the revenues. However, the
ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR latest proposal from the play-
ers presented a decrease to only
While Kris Humphries may have 54.3%.
locked himself into a multi-mil- The CBA is a multi-headed
lion dollar deal over the summer, beast, and revenue-sharing is
the rest of the NBA players are not the only issue. Owners are
currently left looking for some- pushing for proposed changes
where to take their talents for such as a hard or flex salary
the 2011–2012 season. The NBA cap, which prevents teams from
lockout appears to be headed spending over or under certain
towards the loss of a substantial amounts on player salaries in
amount of games and quite pos- their payroll.
sibly of the entire season. Similar to the NFL, the lock-
The past season of NBA bas- out during this past summer has
ketball was arguably the most been provided some interesting
important in nearly over a de- dialogue between the Players’
cade, a much-needed boost Association and league own-
since the second retirement of ership. Unlike in the NFL, the
Michael Jordan in 1998. It was players in this battle actually
a year that featured the rise and have the ball in their court (pun
fall of LeBron James and the intended).
Miami Heat, Bryan Colangelo’s Players in the NBA, in con-
continued trafficking of Euro- trast to the NFL, have leverage
pean players to the Toronto Rap- over the owners. The availability
tors, and the rookie/sophomore of leagues internationally, which
season of electrifying slam-dunk offer guaranteed contracts, is
champion Blake Griffin. enticing enough for NBA play-
The NBA looked as promising ers to hold out as long as needed.
as ever for commissioner David For fans, this is beginning to
Stern and the league’s teams, look like their worst fears have
right until July 1, 2011. been confirmed; the distance be-
It was then that talks broke tween the two sides on these im-
MLBPLAYERWORKOUTS.COM/PHOTOS down between NBA team own- portant issues means that there
Joey Votto has become the face of Canadian baseball. ers and players. Just as in the is a very good chance that the
NFL, the new Collective Bar- league will see a shortened sea-
CORY CRABTREE most as well as his MVP season, Blue Jay is fan favourite Brett gaining Agreement was the main son, if it has one at all.
posting a higher on-base per- Lawrie. Born in Langley, BC and focus of the dispute. Fans looking to get their fix of
On September 3, George Kot- centage and improving his field- acquired last year in a trade for Owners argue that a new some semblance of NBA action
taras, the backup catcher of the ing. Besides recognition from Shaun Marcum, Lawrie has tak- agreement should create a com- need not fear, for there is some-
NL Central-leading Brewers, hit the baseball community, Votto en Toronto by storm. In just 41 petitive balance and increased thing out there for you. “Keeping
for the cycle, notching a single, won the Lou Marsh Trophy as games Lawrie has 9 home runs profitability throughout the up with the Kardashians” airs on
double, triple, and home run in Canada’s top athlete, only the and 24 RBIs. Averaged out for an league. It is the basketball-re- the E Network on Sundays at 10
an 8–2 victory over the Astros. third baseball player to receive entire season, Lawrie is on pace lated revenues that the owners p.m., and features Lamar Odom
Besides the relative rarity the award in its 70-year history. for 36 home runs and 95 RBIs. target for adjustment, wherein Kardashian of the Los Angeles
of the cycle (only 2.3 on aver- Votto isn’t the only Canadian- Lawrie’s energy, play, and at- the expired CBA players were Lakers and Kris Humphries Kar-
age are hit per year), Kottaras’ born MVP in recent memory, titude have endeared him to the awarded 57% of the revenues. dashian of the New Jersey Nets.
accomplishment is made even though, since in 2006 the Min- Toronto faithful, and his place of The owners seek a 50–50 split
greater by his status as the back- nesota Twins’ Justin Morneau birth may make him the future of
up (he only plays once every five won the AL MVP in a tight vote Canadian baseball. Lawrie isn’t
games) and by his place of birth: over Derek Jeter. The five-time alone, though, when it comes to
Scarborough, Ontario. Kottaras all-star from New Westminster, Canadians playing with the Jays.
became only the second Cana- BC was arguably one of the best Former first-round pick Adam
dian, after Tip O’Neil in 1887, to players in baseball from 2006– Loewen recently joined the Jays
hit for a cycle. 2009. In that four-season period after the September roster ex-
Kottaras isn’t the only Cana- he posted an average of .302, pansion, and he too has made
dian making an impact in Ma- and knocked in 530 RBIs. the most of his 7 games so far.
jor League Baseball. Besides an Unfortunately, during a game With 6 hits and an 8th-inning
increase in the total number of against the Blue Jays in 2010, home run, Loewen played sol-
Canadians, in the last 10 years Morneau suffered a concussion idly in his short time with the
32 Canadians have made their and has seen both his perfor- club. Toronto’s farm system is
pro debuts, the most since the mance and health decline since. also loaded with Canadian pros-
1880s. There has also been an This season he has played only pects, with 15 Canadians over
increase in the quality of Cana- 69 games (less than half of the four levels of the minor leagues.
dian players over the past de- possible games) and posted As more and more Canadians
cade. career-low numbers. Hopefully enter the major leagues, the fu-
The discussion of Canadi- Morneau can make a full recov- ture of Canadian baseball seems
an baseball should, no doubt, ery this off-season and regain to be as bright as it’s ever been.
start with the reigning National his MVP form. As of September 1, 121 Canadi-
League MVP, Joey Votto. Born With a uniform redesign an players have appeared in the
in Etobicoke, Votto is one of the coming up next season that minor leagues this year, with 16
premier players in all of base- promises to emphasize Canada making at least one appearance
ball. In just four seasons of play- and a coast–to-coast marketing in a major league club.
ing full-time, Votto has posted campaign with a TV network to With an increased presence in
an impressive .315 career aver- sustain it, the Blue Jays are push- both the minors and the majors,
age, while belting out 114 HRs ing to be seen more and more as as well as in lower-level baseball
and 379 RBIs. Canada’s team. This inclusion of with more focus on develop-
Votto has been a star since his Canadians, however, doesn’t just ment of young talent, we may
first year in Cincinnati, placing stop with the fans—the roster be witnessing the beginning of a
second in votes for rookie of the and farm system includes many golden age of baseball in Cana-
year in 2008. Though his Reds prominent Canadian prospects da—an age which will, no doubt,
are fairing far worse than last and starters. have an abundance of talented
year, Votto himself is playing al- The most obvious Canadian players to lead it.